Year: 2014


Report – State Funding Cuts Raising Tuition and Putting Higher Education Out of Reach for Many Families (revised)

Deep state funding cuts have major consequences for public colleges and universities. The cuts have led to both steep...

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Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools

This Reports and Research Papers examines the roles between property taxes and public education in Pennsylvania. Eliminating school property...

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Pa. Companies Like PPL, Heinz Paid Little or Nothing in State Income Taxes

Many profitable Fortune 500 companies including Pennsylvania-based PPL, H.J. Heinz, Airgas, Allegheny Technologies, Hershey, and Comcast are paying little...

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Local Cigarette Taxes: Improving Public Health and Investing in the Community

This report reveals how several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate...

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Gas Production Booms, Drillers’ Corporate Tax Payments Plummet

Pennsylvania should move ahead with a severance tax that is comparable to that imposed by neighboring West Virginia. General...

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Analysis: How Do House Budget Cuts Affect Your School District?

Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved budget made significant changes to the Governor‰’s proposed allocations to school districts and charter...

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A Strong State Commitment to Public Education, A Must Have for Pennsylvania’s Children

This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts....

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Senate Bill Eliminating Property Taxes Largely Unchanged by Amendment

The proposed amendment to SB 76 does not fundamentally alter the many structural deficiencies of the legislation. SB 76,...

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Apocalypse Not: Severance Taxes and Industry Exit in the Marcellus Shale

In this paper, the economics of a typical unconventional gas well in the Marcellus Shale from the point of...

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Advocates from OH, PA, WV Urge Common Approach to Shale Taxation

Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget &...

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